Here are some fun, FREE activities in Nashville for March, 2018!

Saturday, March 3 – Celtic Celebration

7:00pm, Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University. Get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with this kickoff concert for Music City Irishfest, celebrating the Celtic roots of some of our favorite music. Local talent, special guests and Blair faculty and students come together with local dance troupes, pipers, fiddlers, and more for an unforgettable spring festival!This event is free and open to the public. Parking for this event is available for free in West Garage (2500 Children’s Way) through the Children’s Way entrance

Tuesday, March 6 – Open House at Dyer Observatory

9:00am – Noon, Dyer Observatory. Astronomers offer tours of Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory, located in South Davidson County (near Brentwood) including the Seyfert Telescope. Weather permitting, visitors will also venture outside to see the Star Chamber, sundial garden, and view the Sun through the solar telescope.

You may arrive and depart any time during the Open House, but guided tours start at approximately 9:00am, 10:00am, and 11:00am. You must make a FREE reservation online, but you may attend any tour. No tickets available at door. All weather event. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Saturday, March 10 – Poetry Out Loud

Country Music Hall of Fame, Ford Theater. 10:30am. High school students from across Tennessee recite poems and compete for a chance to perform at the national Poetry Out Loud contest this spring. Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of readers and builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of rap music among youth. Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic potential of written and spoken word into the English classroom, giving students the opportunity to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and develop a love for the written word. Organized by the Tennessee Arts Commission in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Sunday, March 11 – “Choose Your Own Adventure” Opera

Belle Meade Plantation – 2:00pm  Escape to The Enchanted Forest where we invite the audience to help create each performance and join in the magic of every show!  A world premiere, The Enchanted Forest takes audience members on an epic adventure to help save the forest from a fire-breathing dragon! Audience members learn the basics of operatic story-telling as they cast the hero, villain, side-kick and love interest—right at the top of the show.  Complete with dramatic twists and turns, each performance depends on audience participation to find the right path and make the best choice.  35min in length and sung in English, The Enchanted Forest is based on the iconic music of Mozart, Bizet, Gilbert & Sullivan, and much more!

Saturday, March 17 – Sunday, March 19 – St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

11:00am to 11:00pm Saturday; Noon to 8:30pm Sunday, Riverfront Park.  Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Riverfront Park!  Music, dance, food and more!  Don’t miss Nashville’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration ever! ALL FREE!

Wednesday, March 21 – Women’s Passover Seder

7:00pm to 9:00pm at Congregation Micah. Celebrating diversity, inclusion, and freedom for all women, this free and open event will welcome Assaela (Assi) Weinstein, whose father, Assael Bielski, was a Jewish resistance fighter portrayed in the film Defiance. In the largest armed rescue of Jews by Jews during World War II, the three Bielski brothers built a protective village and saved more than 1,000 Jewish non-combatants from Nazi death camps. Assi Weinstein will provide personal insight into what really transpired during this remarkable moment in history. Assi is married to Amnon Weinstein and mother of Avshalom (Avshi) Weinstein, who together have restored many violins played by Jews during the Holocaust

Saturday, March 24 – Get Fit at the Frist

9:00am – Turner Courtyard, the Frist Center. Grab your water bottle and a workout buddy for a free outdoor fitness class with Katherine Tisha Wilson of b.fab.fitness®! A trademarked style of dance cardio and strength training, this class is as much about fellowship as it is about working out. Practice simple dance moves set to hip-hop, pop, Latin, and Bollywood beats. Class starts at 9am – guests are invited to enjoy free admission to the Frist Center galleries following their workout. This event will be held on the Turner Courtyard, and will be canceled in the event of rain.

Saturday, March 24 – Jazz Band Concert

7:30pm, Massey Concert Hall, Belmont University. This is one of several free events offered during the annual Belmont Jazz Festival. For additional events, see the attached calendar.

Monday, March 26 – Violins of Hope

Library Hours – Nashville Main Public Library. The Violins of Hope are a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during The Holocaust. These instruments have survived concentration camps, pogroms and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival. The Nashville Symphony is bringing the Violins of Hope to Nashville to facilitate a citywide dialogue about music, art, social justice and free expression. This exhibit will run from March 26 through May 27.

Written by Margaret

Sounds Like Fun - Nashville is a labor of love - my love for Music City, Middle Tennessee, and experiencing the best that our area has to offer. In recent years, I've developed an informal following among my friends and professional colleagues. People ask me what I've got planned for an upcoming weekend – or seek advice about good activities for showing visiting friends or relatives around the Nashville/Middle Tennessee area. Even though there are other sites with event calendars, I think followers of my blog can expect some extra insight into goings-on that would suit ‘most anyone seeking to experience the diversity of fun and interesting things to do around town. I'm always on the look-out for good places to walk my dog. Maggie is a 10-year-old mixed breed shelter dog who still becomes comically ecstatic when she sees me pick up a leash. She's my inspiration to start a page featuring great dog walks around Nashville.

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